Joint Base San Antonio http://tpr.org en The Source: The Unsung Military Caregivers http://tpr.org/post/source-unsung-military-caregivers <p>5.5 million people are caring for the injured and returned military veterans across the U.S. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan&nbsp;have seen a dramatic rise in the need for caregivers.</p><p>Since 2001, 2.5 million troops were deployed. Many died and tens of thousands returned and are now living with a disability--relying on friends and family for day-to-day assistance.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:16:47 +0000 Paul Flahive 29818 at http://tpr.org The Source: The Unsung Military Caregivers San Antonio Military Health System Positions Itself For The Future http://tpr.org/post/san-antonio-military-health-system-positions-itself-future <p>On Tuesday three of the nation’s top military medical commanders offered a look at the current state of military health care in San Antonio -- from advances in research to new advanced battlefield treatment.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Douglas Robb, director of the Defense Health Agency in Falls Church, Va., joined Maj. Gen. Jimmie Keenan, director of the San Antonio Military Health System, and Maj. Gen. (Dr.) Byron Hepburn, the first director of the San Antonio Military Health System, for the panel discussion.</span></p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 16:43:52 +0000 Eileen Pace 28919 at http://tpr.org San Antonio Military Health System Positions Itself For The Future No BRAC In 2014, But Local Leaders Prepare For Possibility Of Future Closures http://tpr.org/post/no-brac-2014-local-leaders-prepare-possibility-future-closures <p>Although San Antonio was treated kindly in the recently-signed budget bill, local officials are starting now to prepare for possible base closures later this decade.</p><p>Mark Frye serves on the City of San Antonio Military Transformation Taskforce, a group that advocates for the local military at the national level. He said the budget bill just signed into law after Christmas only protects bases through the next budget year.</p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 17:24:26 +0000 Eileen Pace 24387 at http://tpr.org No BRAC In 2014, But Local Leaders Prepare For Possibility Of Future Closures JBSA Chaplains Reflect On Helping Those In Need During Thanksgiving Feast http://tpr.org/post/jbsa-chaplains-reflect-helping-those-need-during-thanksgiving-feast <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Military chaplains at Joint Base-Fort Sam Houston kicked off their holiday giving this year with a family-style dinner for all the chaplains and their staff members on the post.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Col. Chaplain Terry Whiteside volunteered to be the turkey for the day, bringing some light-hearted fun to the chaplains' pre-Thanksgiving dinner.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"This is a great opportunity to let our hair down, what little we have, and just enjoy life and each other," Whiteside said.</span></p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 15:17:06 +0000 Eileen Pace 22421 at http://tpr.org JBSA Chaplains Reflect On Helping Those In Need During Thanksgiving Feast Military Strategists Say Communities Should Plan Now For BRAC In 2017 http://tpr.org/post/military-strategists-say-communities-should-plan-now-brac-2017 <p>Military defense strategists from around the country are touring San Antonio’s military installations today including those that were shuttered during the <a href="http://www.brac.gov/" target="_blank">Defense Base Closure and Realignment (BRAC)</a> in 1995.&nbsp;</p><p>The group is meeting here Friday to strategize protecting regional military presence in the face of future budget cuts. Members of the six-state Southwest Defense Alliance are watching those budgets and seeking ways communities in the region can protect their military presence.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 18:39:24 +0000 Eileen Pace 22316 at http://tpr.org Military Strategists Say Communities Should Plan Now For BRAC In 2017 JBSA Civilian Personnel Could Be Indefinitely Furloughed http://tpr.org/post/jbsa-civilian-personnel-could-be-indefinitely-furloughed <p>Joint Base San Antonio continues to watch the action in Washington, D.C., preparing for the possibility that civilian workers will be staying home from work the rest of the week.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With no fiscal 2014 budget and no continuing resolution, it was touch-and-go whether thousands of active-duty military personnel would be paid. But the Senate passed a bill late Monday providing for pay for military members.</span></p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 22:26:08 +0000 Eileen Pace 19408 at http://tpr.org JBSA Civilian Personnel Could Be Indefinitely Furloughed Joint Base San Antonio Prepares For Government Shutdown http://tpr.org/post/joint-base-san-antonio-prepares-government-shutdown <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With Congress waffling on whether it will adopt a budget or issue a continuing resolution by next Tuesday, the Pentagon is preparing for the worst.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Joint Base San Antonio spokesman Brent </span>Boller<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> said Joint Base San Antonio officials are following Department of Defense orders that were issued by the office of management and budget to plan for an orderly shutdown.</span></p> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 16:01:10 +0000 Eileen Pace 19133 at http://tpr.org Joint Base San Antonio Prepares For Government Shutdown Bexar County Military Voters To Test Email Balloting System http://tpr.org/post/bexar-county-military-voters-test-email-balloting-system <p>Bexar County has been selected by the state legislature to test a pilot program for email voting. For the first time next year, ballots will be sent and returned by email from 200-300 military members.</p><p>Voters eligible for the program will be able to cast ballots by email for the first time in the 2014 primary elections.</p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 15:50:59 +0000 Eileen Pace 14965 at http://tpr.org Bexar County Military Voters To Test Email Balloting System Defense Furloughs Mean 20 Percent Pay Cut For Affected Employees http://tpr.org/post/defense-furloughs-mean-20-percent-pay-cut-affected-employees <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Furloughs began Monday for 23,000 Department of Defense employees at Joint Base San Antonio as part of the government’s sequestration measure to tighten the federal budget.</p><p>About 700,000 total Department of Defense employees will be taking one day a week off for the next 11 weeks -- the government reduced the furloughs from the original 22 days.</p><p>Joint Base San Antonio’s Brent Boller said the military could not avoid the cutbacks entirely, despite other efforts to reduce military expenses:</p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 16:06:15 +0000 Eileen Pace 14444 at http://tpr.org Defense Furloughs Mean 20 Percent Pay Cut For Affected Employees Museums Offer Free Summer Admission To Active-Duty Military http://tpr.org/post/museums-offer-free-summer-admission-active-duty-military <p>Several area museums are offering military members free admission this summer as part of the Blue Star Families program. &nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Now through Labor Day, active-duty personnel including National Guard andArmy Reserve members are invited to visit the Alamo, Casa Navarro State Historic Site, the Institute of Texan Cultures, Villa Finale, The San Antonio Museum of Art, and the </span>McNay<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Art Museum at no charge for general admission.</span></p> Fri, 31 May 2013 21:00:00 +0000 Eileen Pace 12379 at http://tpr.org Museums Offer Free Summer Admission To Active-Duty Military